Biography of Adolph Kessling
Imperial County, CA Biographies





ADOLPH KESSLING. - After a long and varied career, during which he has traveled extensively and devoted his energies to numerous lines of endeavor, Adolph Kessling is now one of the leading business men of Calexico, where his progressive and enterprising methods have won success. Mr. Kessling is a native of Germany and was born January 4, 1856. He acquired his education in the schools of his native land and at the age of twenty he went to Russia, where he spent five years. In December, 1881, he came to America. Early in life he learned the meat business and after his arrival in this country he worked in the coal mines for a time. He then followed mining and prospected in Nevada, California, Arizona and Mexico. In Kansas City he worked in tile packing houses and also found employment on the railroads. In Southeastern Missouri he worked at his trade for two years and in Texas he engaged in business for himself. Mr. Kessling was married in Kansas City, Missouri, and removed to Texas the following year. He married Paulina Hausler in December, 1886. Seven children were born of this union, two of whom are dead. The living are Hulda, wife of Charles Freer, residing in Texas; Adolph, Albert, William and Edwin. The latter is attending school in Brenham, Texas. In March, 1905, Mr. Kessling came to Imperial Valley. He worked for a time and also did much prospecting in this locality and crossed the Colorado Desert from many points. In 1910 he engaged in the meat business in a small way. The business has grown and Mr. Kessling was obliged to change his location three times. He now has one of the most modern markets in the Valley and does a wholesale as well as retail business. Mr. Kessling has forty acres of highly cultivated land in the Valley. Fraternally he is a member of the K. of P. of Calexico.

From:
The History of Imperial County, California
Edited by: F. C. Farr
Elms and Franks, Publishers
Berkley, California 1918


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